Vermont hydro-electric switching facility on Connecticut River in Vernon to get major upgrade

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The electrical switch yard at the Vernon Hydroelectric Station on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River is getting a major equipment upgrade.

National Grid Project Manager Steve Hall says an aging circuit breaker, which contains 765 gallons of oil, will be replaced with a modern device that uses no oil.

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National Grid operates an electrical transmission system in the Northeast. The Vernon dam is owned by TransCanada.

Hall says the work will also result in a better electrical-transmission system and improve reliability.

The breaker that is being replaced was installed in 1961.

The details of the project were outlined this week during a presentation in Vernon.

The Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/1x6IoVD ) reports that if the Public Service Board approves the project, construction would most likely begin next year.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/